We Are Pirates, by Daniel Handler
A long-awaited, upcoming novel following the story of a couple of high school girls who steal a ship and attack other boats in San Francisco bay.
Out February 3, 2015
To read an exclusive, short interview with Handler, head over to Entertainment Weekly.
Q: Describe your week in the wilderness. It doesn’t have to be ideal.
Daniel Handler: A hotel with very weak coffee and room service that stops at 10 PM. And the next night, you discover with a shudder that they haven’t restocked the minibar and SO YOU END UP DRINKING RUM.
Daniel Handler, Adverbs
The many moods of Lemony Snicket — Oct 22, 2012
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The writer grew up in the Bay Area and considers many of its more celebrated writers, such as Dave Eggers and Amy Tan, his friends.
Handler is a writer, but he’s also a heck of an accordian player who “once shared the stage in London with Peter Gabriel. He was super nice. It was one of the many moments where I wished I could go back in time to my high school self … there were years in my life where he was a titan to me.”
Handler has his bad days writing, but they’re never that bad. That said, “The only hard thing is you write alone and you can’t fake it like a million people in an office who maybe come to work one day hung over and they just get through the day. You can’t do that when you’re alone, writing.”
Handler stands in the doorway of the 105-year-old Victorian home in San Francisco that he shares with his wife and 8-year-old son Otto, who currently is obsessed with the Tintin series of adventures. “It’s entirely pre-sexual. It’s a guy on a train shooting people but there’s no one saying ‘Oh Tintin, you’re so brave!’ It’s astonishing.”
Handler is a book junkie, says his pal and celebrated writer Dave Eggers. “He reads everything, has read everything,” he says.
Handler and his wife love to entertain, often inviting a dozen friends over to talk and sip cocktails. “It’s kind of retro because people don’t do that as much anymore,” he says. “But it’s not fetishized retro as in, I wish I were in an episode of Mad Men.”
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